Feb. 25, 2012
KINSTON, N.C. - Air Force baseball completed a doubleheader sweep of Navy, winning 10-4 in game two Saturday afternoon at the Freedom Classic at Grainger Stadium. The Falcons improved to 3-3 on the season, while the Midshipmen fell to 3-3. The Falcons won the first game 8-7 in 10 innings.
Air Force jumped on Navy early, scoring three runs in the second and adding two more in the third. A five-run sixth inning put the Falcons ahead 10-0. Navy fought back with four runs in the seventh.
Air Force struck first with three runs in the second inning. The first run came off a throwing error by the pitcher on a sac bunt by Taylor Ausbun, which scored Alex Bast from first. Noah Pierce then drove in David Thomas on a sac fly to right and then Ausbun scored on a two-out double to the left field gap by Matthew Roberts.
Air Force broke the game open with the five-run sixth. Blair Roberts singled to third base with the bases loaded to score Tyler Saleck for the first run. Custons then had an RBI-single to knock in Matthew Roberts and Adam Hill. Bast then hit doubled-in Blair Roberts and Custons.
Navy had four runs in the seventh, all unearned. Chance Jones highlighted the inning with a two-run homer, his second home run of the day.
Air Force got a strong starting pitching performance from senior Michael Ceci (1-1). The left-hander struck out a career-high five batters in 6.2 innings of work, allowing four unearned runs. David Baska pitched the Falcons out of the seventh, getting the final out of the inning. Baska gave way to Ben Yokley, who pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings. Yokley closed out the game by striking out the last four batters he faced.
Navy starting pitcher Preston Gainey (0-2) took the loss, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings.
The Falcons had eight hits in the game. Bast went 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs. Custons went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, two runs and two RBIs. Matthew Roberts also added two hits.
Navy had five hits in the game. Jones led the Mids with two hits.
Game three of the series is tomorrow. First pitch is 12:30 p.m.
Notes: Air Force defeated Navy twice in a season for the first time since 1990, which was the first-two games ever in the series...Air Force defeated Navy in back-to-back games for the first time since winning games in 2002 and 2004...sophomore Shaun Lovett made his collegiate debut as a subsitution in left field...Air Force allowed one earned run over 19 innings pitched on the day (10 unearned).